An American Benedict?
I've been crushing on the name Benedict lately! However, as an American, there is some hesitation about the name thanks to the traitor Benedict Arnold. One would think over 230 years would be enough time to move on, but oh well ;)
So, do you think Benedict could be wearable on an American boy? I generally prefer full names, so I probably wouldn't call him Ben or Benny/Bene all that often (especially since I have a cousin named Ben, short for Benjamin).
What are your thoughts? Thanks :)
I love the name Benedict too! When I asked about Benedict about a week ago, most Berries seemed okay with it. If anything, I think of the most recent pope, Pope Benedict XVI.
I think it's very wearable, because there are so many other associations beyond Benedict Arnold. There's the twenty six Pope Benedicts, the saint Benedict, the Shakespeare character, and the British actor Benedict Cumberbatch.
So a big yes from me on an American Benedict!
When you say Benedict, the very first thing I think is Arnold. Maybe it's not such a big deal in some areas or some groups, but I grew up in a family that loves American history. Unfortunately, even with the pope, I think many will think Benedict Arnold... I mean, we used to use it as a synonym for 'traitor'. If you use it, I'd recommend either using it as a mn or giving a very solid, traditional mn to fall back on in case it becomes an issue...
honestly, even as big a history geek as I am, there are far many other Benedicts I think of first: Cumberbatch, Shakespeare, the Pope...it's a darling name! Be brave and use it!
I just posted a poll about if Berries preferred Benedict or Benjamin! It's definitely growing on me; all the references (minus Mr. Arnold) are a plus for me.
I think it could work, especially since Benedict Arnold isn't the only Benedict reference these days.
I say go for it!
I think of eggs Benedict but not Benedict Arnold, no. I also think of Pope Benedict XVI.
Perfectly usable, I think.
Quite a few Berries have asked about Benedict this week - myself included (for different reasons). Go for it!
If we struck every name off our lists, because someone in history or some one we know did something awful or embarrassing, there'd be no names left to us!
As my late Grandfather's name, I'd say Benedict is due for a much more positive revival!
Sorry, I think of dick. It could be really brutal in Jr. High.